I just caught a little bit of "Count Arthur Strong" on Radio 4 this morning and wondered if my Van had discovered time travelling powers and dumped me back in the late 1950's. How did this anachronism get recommissioned by the BBC and why don't they just re-run the Clitheroe Kid which was much funnier? Also how did the BBC Listing department make such a mistake with that "o".
You won't find many "o"'s in Count Arthur Strong. Here's a sample:
CAS: "I've been queing for tickets for hours."
Ticket Lady: "But we're only selling tickets to see Lady Gaga."
CAS: "To see a lady Gargle? I don't think that's worth paying for".
Yes Arthur, quite. Nor are you.
If I were to write another sit-com my secret would be to base all the characters on real people. They are so much funnier than these so-called comic inventions. Obviously you can't admit they are real.
As an example, here's a scene in a mythical office of a mythical Company (nudge nudge):
Chairman: "Welcome to the Board meeting Ladies and Gentlemen. What's the first thing on the agenda?".
Finance Director: "Well I'm getting seriously concerned with our margins. Can we justify them?"
Chairman: "Are you serious? Are you saying we're making too much profit?"
Finance Director: "No of course not! I'm taking about the margins down the side of the new letterhead. If we drop them down to 10 point Arial we could justify them perfectly and keep Comic Sans for the Header".
Anyway I'm off to watch "Episodes" on BBC - now this really IS funny!